The William Howard and Lucinda (Martin) Hand descendants met for their 72nd annual reunion on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Community Building in Eastside Park. The attendance was 87. The 2020 reunion had been canceled due to COVID. Christopher Ramsey said grace for the carry-in meal.
The present officers were retained for next year: President Steve Thomas, Vice President Phil Hand, and Secretary Kevin Myers.
Silence was observed for those who died since the 2019 reunion: Sue Hand, Makayla Clark, Clifton Droddy, Shirley Williams, Catherine Parker, Michael and Charlene Thomas, Dorothy Thomas Fultz, Danny Watkins, Midge Cox, Darlene Riker, Barbara and Stephen Cox, Michael Pettigrew, Carol Henson and Donald Roach. The oldest living family member, Faye Clark, 91, was unable to attend due to ill health. The oldest people present were Carolyn Watkins, 85, Carolyn Myers, 85, and Esther Groves, 84. The youngest baby present was Greyson Hambrick, born August 4, 2021, to Jaddison Walls. The most recently married couple present was Denny and Julie (Thomas) Martindale, married July 25, 2020. Fred Roach traveled the farthest, 236 miles from Livingston, Tennessee. Door prizes went to Barb Roach, Dr. John Myers, Everlee Miller, Nancy Guy, Owen Cox, Landon Thomas, Jaddison Walls and Anne Hand.
Kevin Myers gave an overview on recent family research, including on Grandma Lucinda’s side the importance of our Hudson ancestors, the 1854 murder of Littleton Martin, and the 1782 abduction and rape of Mary Foster Bell. Kevin also discussed visiting the grave of Grandpa William’s grandfather William B. Durham (1793-1853])in Marion, Iowa, three weeks ago and the vast information found concerning Grandpa William’s grandmother Ruth Benjamin and her ancestors, including the amazing Penelope Prince Stout, “Mother of Monmouth, New Jersey.”
Following the traditional singing of “Amazing Grace” the dismissal prayer was given by Ritchie Hand.
Attending from the John and Maggie (Grove) Hand family were Carolyn Myers, Kevin Myers, Phil and Anne Hand, Richard and Lawana Hand, Dr. Kip Myers, Dr. John and Jennifer Myers and Ritchie Hand.
Attending from the William and Minnie (Hand) Bynum family were Esther Groves and Sherryl Watkins.
Attending from the Oscar and Rosie (Grove) Hand family were Doug and Shannon Wagoner, Evan Wagoner, Angel Hampton and Brent Clark.
Attending from the Mike and Nora (Hand) Thomas family were Steven and Paula Thomas, Eben Duncan, Denny and Julie Martindale, Savanna Martindale, Nikki Thomas, Paris Thomas, Landon Thomas, Arizona Duncan, Hendrix Antoine, Benson Antoine and Amy Thomas.
Attending from the Tom and Ethel (Hand) Roach family were Mike and Teresa Stumpf, Carolyn Sue Watkins, Herschel and Connie Harper, Chris and Lisa Ramsey, Andrew Ramsey and Emily Ramsey.
Attending from the Paul and Violet (Hand) Traylor family were Holly Allison, Kevin and Lisa Cox, Owen Cox, Rodney and Melissa Cox and Colby Cox.
Attending from the Orval and Vinia (Hand) Roach family were Alicia and John Adams, Calvin and Nancy Guy, Shelby Stanley, Easton Stanley, River Stanley, Angie and Darryl Bickmeyer, Dustin and Amanda Bickmeyer, Paisley Bickmeyer, Ellie Bickmeyer, Addison Bickmeyer, George Guy, Tricia Roach, Miaka Roach, Logan and Israel Guy, Lochlyn Guy, Fred Roach, Tim and Jamie Guy, Jim and Barb Roach, John Roach, Dan and Bobbi Sosh, Greg Dietsch, Aiden Dietsch, Rhonda Roach, Aleah Carlisle, Justina Walls, Jaddison Walls, Greyson Hambrick, Jade Sorrells, Jadalynn Wininger, Everlee Miller, Paul Steve Roach, Rachel Dotterweich and Keyonna Dotterweich.
The next reunion is planned for Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.